McKenzie was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
After exploring different career paths, she discovered that she could bring her passion for animals and interest in medicine together to give her a fulfilling life in Veterinary medicine. She graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical College in 2013 with her A.A.S of Veterinary Medicine and is a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of North Carolina. She has worked in several different areas of small animal practice, including emergency, general, and rehabilitation. Although she loves all kinds of companion animals, she has a special place in her heart for senior pets. McKenzie loves educating pet owners on different ways to help keep their older pets comfortable and maintain their quality of life as they age.